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On Sunday, Team India had a field day at the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online Series. Two bracelet events were running simultaneously at the GGPoker/ Natural8 hosted series, but the one of particular interest for the Indian rail was Event #12: $1K DOUBLE STACK. The event pulled in a gigantic 5,894 entries across multiple starting days, and Day 2 began with 972 qualifiers. On a final table dominated by Asian players, it was Hong Kong’s Hinojas “POLALIFE!” Jerome, who made his way to the finish line.
Jerome had entered the final table sporting the shortest stack (14 big blinds) and scripted a classic underdog-to-champion story. He wreaked havoc at the fast-paced final table, dispatching five of his opponents to the rail, including the eventual runner-up, GGPoker Ambassador, Brazil’s Felipe Ramos. Along with grabbing his career-first bracelet, Jerome banked an impressive $635,576 for the win.
Like we said, the Indian pros shone on the felts, and cruising their way into the final table were two of the most talented players in the country, Sriharsha “Upswinger” Doddapaneni and the #2 ranked player on the annual domestic leaderboard, Manish “thekid” Lakhotia. Lakhotia, unfortunately, was the first casualty on the final table and collected a ninth-place payout of $63,557 (~₹47.19 Lakhs).
Doddapaneni was gunning hard for the title and made it to three-handed play where a bad beat by Jerome relegated him to the rail in third place. Nevertheless, Doddapaneni pocketed a hefty $357,408 (₹2.65 Crores) for his efforts, becoming the most prominent Indian performer (so far) at the ongoing edition! We don’t call Doddapaneni a poker star for no reason. Shortly before storming the WSOP Online Event #12 final table, Doddapaneni posted an eighth-place finish in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire for ₹1.68 Lakhs!
The event paid out 600 places with a min-cash worth $2,626.
GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu was the other site ambassador to make it in the money. However, unlike Felipe Ramos, he could only manage an 83rd place finish for $9,015. The six-time bracelet winner, who was multi-tabling Event #11, tweeted the link to his live stream.
GGPoker WSOP Event #11 and #12 Live Stream https://t.co/6icred2x0O
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) August 15, 2021
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
Less than 18 minutes into FT play, India’s Manish “thekid” Lakhotia lost his tournament life in ninth place. The hand was set up as a classic cooler as Lakhotia, who held pocket fours, flopped a set. Sadly for him, Stoyan Madanzhiev’s pocket sevens also found a seven on the flop.
Madanzhiev was also responsible for eliminating Nethanel “natykkk” Klein and Xuejian “LuckyCat00” Li in places eighth and seventh.
Just when it looked like the Madanzhiev train would chug along to the finish line, he lost a massive pot to Hinojas “POLALIFE!” Jerome with ace-nine losing to ace-jack.
Hinojas Jerome, who had started out as the shortest stack on the FT then charted an upward climb. He doubled up through Yi “jolen” Wang before dispatching Anton Yakuba in sixth place.
The Indian MTT phenom Sriharsha “Upswinger” Doddapaneni was lagging with a short stack. Still, Doddapaneni scored a much-needed double-up through GGPoker Ambassador Felipe Ramos after his ace-eight hit the top two pair on the river, dominating Ramos’ pocket kings.
Jerome continued to chip up as he eliminated two more finalists, Stoyan Madanzhiev and Yi “jolen” Wang, in quick succession.
And just as a sizable virtual rail had started to form in support for Sriharsha “Upswinger” Doddapaneni, Jerome eliminated the Indian in third place. Jerome moved all-in with and Doddapaneni got it in good with . Doddapaneni was the player at risk and was left struggling after the opened on the flop. The on the turn added straight draw odds for Doddapaneni, but it all ended with the landing on the river.
Hinojas “POLALIFE!” Jerome quickly dispatched Felipe Ramos in heads-up play to claim the bracelet. Jerome’s was trailing Ramos’ and both players caught a piece of the flop . Ramos was still ahead on the turn , but the on the river brought Jerome trips for the victory!
Final Table Results (USD)
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